CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
September 15, 2004
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:00  a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann. Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Valorie D. Lykes, City Clerk Assistant.

PRESENTATIONS

A.  Columbia Urban League – Mr. James T. McLawhorn, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. James T. McLawhorn, President and CEO, provided an update on the progress of the Columbia Urban League and its youth leadership development programs.  He said that the Urban League has met with more than 400 parents, because they are an integral part of violence prevention.  Mr. McLawhorn requested funding in the amount of $75,000.00 to continue the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to disburse $75,000.00 to the Columbia Urban League from the Economic Development Contingency Fund.  These funds were earmarked for the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program.

B. World Affairs Council of Columbia – Ms. Haneez Zattam, Executive Director

Ms. Tracy Hunts, Consultant, thanked the members of Council for their support of the World Affairs Council.  She introduced Ms. Haneez Zattam as the new Executive Director of the World Affairs Council. Ms. Hunts stated that the Council’s goal is to get our community interacting with the rest of the world.  She stated that memberships and corporate sponsorships provide 65% of their budget.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to authorize the disbursement of funding in the amount of $36,000.00 to the World Affairs Council from the Economic Development Contingency Fund.

C. Lost Creek Drive Update – Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning
 Administrator

Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, told the members of Council that he received a master list of all Chestnut Hill Plantation residents.  He said they mailed over 500 notices to inform them of the upcoming meeting to discuss the proposed planned unit development at Lost Creek Drive on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Hill Club House.

C1. **Greater Columbia Community Relations Council – Mr. Preston Winkler, Executive Director
 
Mr. Preston Winkler, Executive Director, thanked the members of City Council for their continued support of the Community Relations Council.  He said that every neighborhood benefits when people of goodwill join together.  He requested the city’s support in appointing five (5) new members to the Board of Directors.  Mr. Winkler stated that these new members should share the mission to improve racial, ethnic and community relations in the greater Columbia community.  He said that he is willing to meet with each member of City Council to discuss the criteria of new board members.  He recognized the current board members for their service.  He stated that during the Fall of 2001, the Community Relations Council put together a gang taskforce, which included representatives from the Columbia Police Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, Richland School Districts I and II, Lexington and Richland County Sheriff Departments, various neighborhood associations, the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and other organizations.  M